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New York Times, Saturday, February 12, 2022

Theatrically exaggerated behavior

Author:
Mary Lou Guizzo
Editor:
Will Shortz
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© 2022, The New York Times2/12/22 ( No. 26,394 )
Across
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Fast food order : COMBO
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Balderdash : CLAPTRAP
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Making of an impression? : APERY
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1962 #1 hit for the Crystals featuring a biker on the record sleeve : HESAREBEL
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Rock genre : METAL
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Bit of census data : ETHNICITY
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Slips : ERRS
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___ hulu manu (feathery adornment) : LEI
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Actor James of "The Blacklist" : SPADER
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People with a language of the same name : LAO
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Steamed source of stimulation : LATTE
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Famille member : PERE
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Voting rights activist who founded Fair Fight Action : STACEYABRAMS
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Russian dumplings : PIROGI
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Facility : EASE
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Some undergrad degs. : BAS
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Where an athlete might dunk : ICEBATH
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Miser : SCROOGE
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Org. tracking metadata : NSA
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A sculpture of a three-legged one is considered lucky in feng shui : TOAD
42
___ James, the so-called "King of the Slide Guitar" : ELMORE
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"You have to look at the bigger picture" : CONTEXTISKEY
45
Group whose logo is a mirror ambigram : ABBA
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N.B.A. great Baylor : ELGIN
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Goddess: Lat. : DEA
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Cavort : PRANCE
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Central square, perhaps : TAC
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Though commonly known as vegetables, botanically they are fruit : PEAS
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Wicca symbol : PENTAGRAM
57
Two-time Grammy winner Bryson : PEABO
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Condiment made with peanuts : SATESAUCE
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Conversation starter : HELLO
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Dodge S.U.V.s : DURANGOS
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Pal of Kent and Lane : OLSEN
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Figure skating move based on the arabesque in ballet : CAMELSPIN
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Theatrically exaggerated behavior : OPERATICS
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Population calculation scope : METROAREA
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Cuup products : BRAS
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Olive ___ : OYL
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Comic relief role in "Tarzan" : CHEETA
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1970 music documentary that won an Oscar for Best Original Score : LETITBE
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Hard wood : ASH
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Goes for the gold? : PANS
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What comes before the fall? : TRIP
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Features of many season premieres : RECAPS
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Stomach : ABIDE
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"Great" man : PETER
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Zither relative : LYRE
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Flatter effusively : LAYITON
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Italian for "tied together" : LEGATO
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Modern and Classical periods : ERAS
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Parent of a cygnet : COB
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Antithesis of a hedonist : ASCETIC
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Noted spelling expert : MERLIN
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Focus of literary agents : BOOKDEALS
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Obliging : AGREEABLE
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"Later!" : SEEYASOON
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Not fancy in the least : HATE
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Ashram sounds : OMS
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Fast-food chain with the slogan "UnFreshing Believable" : DELTACO
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Three-beat gait : CANTER
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Annual event with Ski Slopestyle and Skateboard Vert : XGAMES
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Starters, for short : APPS
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It's found at the bottom of the food pyramid : BREAD
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Language family of Swahili or Zulu : BANTU
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___ Milà, landmark building in Barcelona : CASA
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2011 Pulitzer winner Jennifer : EGAN
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Spa offering : PEEL
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Word after throw or scatter : RUG
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Aromatic noodle soup : PHO

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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